Verdriet is het ding met veren

Verdriet is het ding met veren
28 Sep '21 to 30 Sep '21
Theater Rotterdam / Erik Whien
1st rank € 35.50 / 2nd rank € 33 / 3rd rank € 28 / 4th rank € 19.50

We miss our mother, we love our father, we wave at crows. It is not so strange.

Jacob Derwig and Erik Whien bring a heartbreaking book to the stage. Sadness is the thing with feathers is the internationally successful debut novel by Londoner Max Porter. A moving and poetic story about a father and his two sons, who are left behind after the sudden death of their wife and mother. Shortly after the loss, the three are visited by a cruel, unpredictable and caring Crow. He grabs the father, lifts him up and says: 'I'm not leaving until you don't need me anymore'.

Location: Grote Zaal
Duration: 90 min
Language: Dutch
English surtitles on 30 sep

Director Erik Whien brings one of his personal favourites to the theatre. Jacob Derwig has adapted the raw but loving story into a penetrating performance, in which the healing process and the transition to a new reality are central. How do you deal with overwhelming grief? How do you accept that nothing is self-evident anymore?

-|-Grief is the thing with feathers is a musical theatre performance in which the subtle, minimalist style of Erik Whien meets the glowing and moving texts from the book. Actors Jacob Derwig, Jesse Mensah and Romijn Scholten bring a grand story about parents and children, unconditional love, mourning and a crow.

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The press about Grief is the thing with feathers

Gripping, layered and energetic performance' - ★★★★★ Annette Embrechts, De Volkskrant

Grief is a poetic thought exercise about chaotic mourning' - ★★★★ Sander Janssens, NRC Handelsblad

Irresistible schwung in expressive mourning process' - ★★★★★ Hanny Alkema, Trouw

The play shows the mourning in touching moments, but also with humour and playful nimbleness. - ★★★★ Esther Kleuver, De Telegraaf

Jacob Derwig impressive' - ★★★★ Maurice Hoogendoorn, Nederlands Dagblad


director Erik Whien
text Max Porter
translation Saskia van der Lingen
adaptation Jacob Derwig
dramaturgy Casper Vandeputte
actors Jacob Derwig, Jesse Mensah and Romijn Scholten
design Julian Maiwald
costumes Rebekka Wörmann
music Thijs van Vuure

photography campaign image Annaleen Louwes
scene photos Sanne Peper


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